Pretty sure I’ve mentioned before my weather related anxiety? It basically goes like this – on beautiful days I feel that I must spend hours outdoors and if/when I’m prohibited, I feel as if I’ve “missed out” and will never experience those moments in exactly the same way again. On cold or rainy days, I feel no pressure and love being inside, cozy and getting things done. This past weekend, “things” meant chili.
So, I made this recipe expecting to have cake-like oatmeal squares, good for snacks or breakfast. I was disappointed with the result until I wasn’t. Let me explain.
This dinner was a hit for everyone in the family, EVEN THE PRESCHOOLER. That’s really saying something. It came together surprisingly quickly for how fancy the end result looked; I’m going to file this away as a great quick weeknight meal.
I love pudding. It’s one of my favorite treats. Back when I read the Hungry Girl emails I was a big fan of those sugar-free pudding cups (we’re talking ten years ago). Every once in a while when I’m at the grocery store I’ll eye them up but then, like Fat Amy, I say, “hmmm better not”.
Gingerbread has become a favorite flavor of mine, signifying fall and the holidays in a big way. My soft and chewy gingerbread cookies are still my fave, but it’s less acceptable to eat them with your coffee. These, on the other hand, are perfectly acceptable bordering on mandatory.
I used to go to China Palace with my mom after field hockey games when my dad was traveling. We’d order the most unhealthy things on the menu (of course we didn’t know this at the time, they were just the things we liked best – obvi). General Tso’s chicken, pork lo mein, eggrolls, and about a pound of those deep fried strips bathed in duck sauce.
This was scrumptious. I couldn’t stop “tasting” it and since I’d made it to bring to my brother’s house, it became a problem. This dish WILL be on my Thanksgiving table this year (I finally have to put on my big girl pants and host).
I loved this treat for it’s simplicity. I feel like this is the type of the snack moms in the 1950’s would make for their kids when they got home from school. I made it because I bought a jar of strawberry jam from Costco that is the size of a small dog.
Budget cooking at it’s finest, here. You will find that if you use seasonal produce as much as possible, you’re grocery bill could be lower – not to mention it’s better for the planet. Time to lose a few summer pounds so I revisited this recipe, already on my site. Here’s why…